HCC Dean of Consumer Arts & Sciences Suzette Brimmer selected for prestigious leaders forum
Jan 26, 2022
Suzette Brimmer, HCC Central College's Dean of the Consumer Arts & Sciences Center of Excellence, has been selected to participate in an elite national mentoring program for emerging leaders seeking to become the next generation of higher-education presidents.
Brimmer is part of the 2022 cohort of The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) a two-year mentoring program connecting mid-career aspiring leaders from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) with leaders from the education, non-profit and business sectors.
The competitive program, developed by the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education and funded by the Kresge Foundation and the ECMC Foundation, selected only 14 Aspiring Leaders from public and private colleges and universities in the U.S. This group will be paired with presidents and former chancellors from public and private higher-educational institutions, and participate in a one-on-one relationship over two years managed by CMSI.
“Right now we’re seeing a decline in leaders hoping to become college and university presidents. We hope to reinvigorate the incoming generation and prepare them for success as they navigate the road to presidency,” said Marybeth Gasman, CMSI Executive Director and Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education.
The program begins with a three-day forum, which takes place April through May of 2022.
“This is a dream opportunity for me,” says Brimmer. “I am thrilled to have the chance to learn from such a distinguished group of leaders, and I thank my supporters at HCC for helping me achieve this career milestone.”
The 2022 cohort of MSI Aspiring Leaders
- Suzette Brimmer, Houston Community College
- Tamara Brown, University of North Texas
- Yvonne Hernandez Friedman, University of Houston-Clear Lake
- Detris Honora Abelabu, Boston University
- Kristie Johnson, Martin University
- Wayne Knox, Huston-Tillotson University
- Ame Lambert, Portland State University
- Marilú Marcillo, St. Peter’s University
- Santiago Piñón, Texas Christian University
- Bobbie Porter, California State University, Fullerton
- Sakinah Rahman, Bryn Mawr College
- Andrea Rehn, Whittier College
- Francine Toliver Edwards, Delaware State University
- Kent Willis, The University of Texas at Tyler
The 2022 MSI presidential mentors
- Roslyn Clark Artis, President, Benedict College
- John Bassett, former President, Heritage University and Clark University
- Colette Pierce Burnette, President, Huston-Tillotson University
- Mildred García, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, former Chancellor California State University, Fullerton, and California State University, Dominguez Hills
- Saul Jiménez-Sandoval, President, California State University, Fresno
- Charlie Nelms, former Chancellor, Indiana University East, University of Michigan-Flint, and North Carolina Central University
- Linda Oubré, President, Whittier College
- Alvin Schexnider, President, Schexnider & Associates, LLC, former Chancellor Winston-Salem State University, and Norfolk State University
- William Serrata, President, El Paso County Community College
- Vinton Thompson, President Emeritus, Metropolitan College of New York
- Rowena Tomaneng, President, San Jose City College
- David Wilson, President, Morgan State University